as a symbol of meryl's safe return. the vice president joe biden who is in south korea had this to say about the korean war veteran's released. >> there is a good piece of news. they released someone they should never have had in the first place. >> the north korean government accused him of war crimes and the state media released this video of newman last week allegedly confessing to the crimes. the news outlet says newman's apology, his age and his medical condition lead to his released. lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >>> at least six americans have been detained since 2009 including kenneth bay who has been held in north korea for more than a year. he is a korean-american missionary. he is accused of plotting to overthrow the communist government. >>> a two-alarm fire seriously damaged an apartment building in alameda county. it happened late this afternoon in a two-story apartment building on on san jose avenue. fire officials say the cause was a faulty power cord in a second floor bedroom. displaced residents are being helped by the red cross. >>> and a watermain break in castro valley.